We are committed to understanding, managing and reducing the impacts of our products and the materials associated with discovering, producing and delivering them to our customers.
Ensuring that our products are designed, made and used in a safe and environmentally sound manner is one of our highest priorities. We deliver on this commitment by actively pursuing improvement initiatives, maintaining a highly trained and capable internal scientific community, and collaborating with experts in academia and with consortia with pursuing programs in this field.
Our product stewardship programs focus on identifying and either preventing or minimizing potential safety and environmental hazards throughout the product life cycle. We conduct extensive testing of our products to identify and understand possible safety, health and environmental hazards. We manage and communicate information about hazardous materials to keep our employees, contractors, transporters and other partners safe.
Our chemists and engineers are trained on in green design principles and are provided with tools and resources to help them develop manufacturing processes that use fewer and safer raw materials. We use innovations like nanotechnology to make our products more effective while recognizing that extra care is required when dealing with these new materials.
Complying with chemical substance and product requirements is a top priority for us. We track numerous existing and emerging chemical control regulations that require notification and registration of specific types of chemicals. To fulfill these requirements, our scientists complete assessments of the environmental and human health risks of our substances and submit the required regulatory notifications. Additionally, we provide details on product use and risk-based control measures as necessary and in accordance with applicable regulations.
Our program extends downstream to our customers and consumers through the design of effective product packaging. We also make provisions for product returns and offer guidance on the disposal of unused medicines.